* Posts by Llanfair

94 posts • joined 11 Dec 2007

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Facebook warns over password reset scam

Llanfair
Stop

I got this as well

As soon as I got it, I immediately warned everyone via my status to delete those files. I just wonder how many heeded my warning. Only one said they got that same email and deleted it.

Mobile-phone wallet stymied by lack of understanding

Llanfair
Big Brother

Possible target for muggers

Those who have rather expensive phones will have to wave their phones in front of others and become a possible target for muggers. Those who just wave an oyster card will not show others that they have expensive things on them.

Also, mobile phones are targets for thieves anyway, why make them even bigger targets?

3D TVs to drop below £1000 in 2012

Llanfair
Dead Vulture

I'm still on SD CRT TV :)

I am still using a widescreen Standard Definition CRT Television and that seems to be enough for me. Until it dies, then I will upgrade the television. Getting us to chuck away perfectly working television is a waste of money and is filling up rubbish tips.

While I'm at it, I am still using my 19" iiyama CRT monitor. :)

The graveyard to represent the number of perfectly good working television sets being buried to service unnecessary upgrades!

IBM flicks out HS22V Xeon blade

Llanfair
Joke

Just what I wanted

for my Vista setup to run Crysis

Singer wears ‘Twitter dress’ to Grammys

Llanfair

Try taking that on an aeroplane

as above

Netbooks to see speed boost this year

Llanfair
FAIL

What about the price?

The speed may increase, but what about the price? Ever since Microsoft went into bed with netbooks, the price jumped up. I remember people talking about £100 netbooks, but when I look for netbooks, they are all about £300 or more!

Bloated Office 2010 kicks dirt in face of old computers

Llanfair
Stop

Office 2003 miles better than 2007

I have used both Office 2003 and 2007. Frankly, Office 2007 is just very confusing and I spend ages searching for features. Even the search and replace was so much easier in Office 2003. I spent 5 minutes in 2007 searching for it.

That is why I am going to stick with 2003.

Asus confirms e-book reader trio

Llanfair
Alert

I hope they get cheaper

I really would like to use an E-book reader to save having to carry many books with me, when I can just use the pdf versions of those books.

I guess, I could also convert lecture notes into PDFs as well and carry them with me. The thing that really annoys me is the cost. They do much less than what netbooks do, yet are about the same cost as the first generation of netbooks.

Near-ready Firefox 3.6 gets second RC sausage

Llanfair
Go

Firefox 3.6 on an old machine

I have been running Firefox Namoroka on my AMD Duron 1GHz with only 384Mb of RAM and have been using it to view stuff on Youtube (specifically database videos). It has been playing them pretty well. It only fails to do the High Quality videos because the CPU and memory is too low.

I have Adblock+ and NoScript installed. It works well and with relatively few problems. So those who are having problems need to check what junk you have on your machine. Did you download all the addons you could find? I am looking forward to the latest final release. :-)

BT names 63 more exchanges for fibre upgrades

Llanfair
FAIL

Basically for those who have choice anyway

Why not upgrade the ones without decent Internet connection? Why just concentrate on those who have a lot of choice already? This is dreadful news. I happen to be in a Market 1 area, and thus we have no choice an a slightly ok connection.

Feds investigate theft of $3m from NY school

Llanfair

Problem with online banks

Many of them will only work with Internet Explorer. That means the only way you can use them is with a Windows PC. I personally think there should be something like a driving license for computer users where they show they know all about computer security and are willing to keep things up to date and run virus scans. Otherwise they need to disable monetary transactions via online banking.

We made the kit that makes Freeview HD possible, boasts NEC

Llanfair
Alert

Question on DVB-T2 and Multiplex B

I understand that Multiplex B will have DVB-T2, does that to receive anything on Multiplex B, we will need DVB-T2 adapters? Does that include BBC Four?

If this is the case, then there are going to be MANY people who will be very upset.

No more UFO reports please, says MoD

Llanfair
Troll

How to get it open again

We need everyone to say "Take me to your leader" to cows and post boxes :-)

Facebook swipes user's vanity URL

Llanfair
FAIL

Moral of the story is

If you ever have a nickname or whatever, buy the domain name for it! Although, what would happen if he already had the Square Sheep domain name and the company wanted to set up one for itself?

Nokia E72 smartphone

Llanfair
Headmaster

Benq Siemens have E72

From the advert on the right:

BenQ E72 Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone

Ooops

Mozilla plots Firefox interface overhaul

Llanfair
Stop

Do not remove menus

I absolutely hate Word 2007 once they removed the menus! I am struggling to use it and have decided to go to LateX instead!

Please I beg Mozilla not to remove the menu bar

Open University talks clouds with MS and Google

Llanfair
FAIL

OU is going down the slippery slope

That is going to be a big failure! We already saw how Google's gmail collapsed completely. With outsourcing they have no control over what happens. If they go with Microsoft, then they will be forced to use Microsoft software to access stuff and everyone will have to use Microsoft stuff.

Granada to start losing analog telly tomorrow

Llanfair
Unhappy

We lost BBC2 a few weeks ago

Problem is that now with analogue going, we have also lost 302 on Freeview and the news multiscreen. All this is for High Definition, however, there aren't any HD equipment about. They have removed 302 way too early!

Ubuntu's Karmic Koala bares fangs at Windows 7

Llanfair
Happy

One good thing about 8 bit computers

At least with the Amstrads and the Spectrums, you did not have to wait to start up the machine :-) You could start using it immediately. When you had software like Protext on the CPC on ROM, you had a word processor immediately :-)

Burger King cooks up Windows 7 Whopper

Llanfair
Dead Vulture

Windows 2008 Server

I wish they do one for Microsoft Office 2010 :-)

After one of those, the grave will be much closer.

Beeb gets grief for Humpty Dumpty rewrite

Llanfair
Unhappy

Jack and the Beanstalk

I remember the line "Fee Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman" was changed to "I have a rumble in my tum". Although, I think Mr Tumble is great and has really taught my two year old niece to communicate when she was 15 months old.

Sagem DSI86HD

Llanfair
Flame

Sagem are rubbish

I got a Sagem Freeview box for £15 from Woolies when it was about to close. It has been atrocious, crashes every few hours. I now tell everyone to avoid Sagem like the plague.

Freeview website titsup ahead of big retune

Llanfair
Paris Hilton

Register read by Paris Hilton?

From what I remember, this rejigging is to move Channel 5 from a commercial multiplex into a public service broadcast multiplex. Many of the relays will only have the psb multiplex transmitted and this allows Channel 5 to be viewed in those areas as well. If you want to know how to retune, then look in the instruction book. Although, I think they should have only started having the MHEG overlay on Monday.

Now you understand? I am sure even Paris Hilton would understand.

Ofcom insists on emergency roaming

Llanfair

Mountains

I do hope that means we can use a mobile up in Snowdonia and other mountains for emergency use.

BBC Click paid cybercrooks to buy botnet

Llanfair
Stop

Sure, what they did was legally a grey area

However, I think they had no other way to show what happens everyday on the Internet. Sometimes, you have to go on the grey area to show exactly what is happening. It showed that those who are carrying out the botnet stuff are not technically advanced. Any criminal who can use a computer can carry this out, you do not need to have specialist knowledge. Just enough cash to pay for the botnet.

Even though I am aware of computer security issues, it was Click that showed just how easy this thing really is and how almost any criminal can do it. Hence why you need to get your machine sorted out.

As for El Reg and Daily Mail lovers, stop picking on the BBC, because for once they have done a proper documentary on computer security.

BBC zombie caper slammed by security pros

Llanfair
Flame

It's good the BBC are doing this

I am glad the BBC are covering this. I think we need to let people know about Internet security and tell them what actually is happening. On my work router I have explicitly blocked port 25 to stop most bots if they happened to come into the network. There is no need for port 25 and unless there is a specific need, then I would open it.

Let people know what their machine is doing and get them to sort it out. Although I think Microsoft should be made to allow the updates to be done without the WGA.

ITV to sell Friends Reunited, axe 600 jobs

Llanfair
Alert

The problem with ITV

is that they only have one good programme: TV Burp. They just love putting soaps on their channels, rubbish like Loose Women and Jeremy Kyle. Also, what is the point of all these ITV channels on Freeview? They need to start ditching some to save money.

Robert Llewellyn drops Red Dwarf clanger

Llanfair
Coat

I'm sorry Dave

I'm afraid I can't do that. Sorry, wrong space programme.

Grabs coat and runs for the exit.

Unofficial patch plugs 0-day Adobe security vuln.

Llanfair

Adobe updates

One thing I noticed about Adobe updates is that it usually needs to restart the computer twice for some reason. That is why I abandoned it and use Foxit instead. :-) If only there was an alternative for Palm OS that is free.

Pentax K-m entry-level digital SLR

Llanfair

Lens compatibility

Will this accept the old Pentax K manual mount lens?

Firefox 3.1 release date hampered by cheeky monkey

Llanfair

Using Firefox branch nightlies here

It has been pretty good, I guess the main problem will be some usability problems with Hotmail and a few things here and there. This is one of the few reasons why it is being delayed.

I have not had any crashes yet since November. It is fairly stable otherwise.

Street View vehicle kills Bambi

Llanfair
Paris Hilton

The yellow lines in the middle

Why do they seem to be out of synch with the rest of the road? Confused

5,000-year-old 'ice man' was shot to death

Llanfair
Happy

Can we have a reconstruction?

Preferably with Playmobil.

Homework late? Blame Russian hackers

Llanfair

What about pen and paper?

Do all children do their homework on computers now? What happened to handwriting? It was bad enough with just doctors having bad handwriting, but now everyone has bad handwriting. Some people look stunned when they see my handwriting and say "Wow! Your handwriting is very neat." I thought everyone writes with neat handwriting.

Text messaging helps kids fight the flab - study

Llanfair
Thumb Down

What about RSI?

"Although it might keep your fingers in shape."

I have to dispute that claim. Texting too many times will lead you to end up with dodgy fingers and thumbs and they will end up out of normal shape!

Group Test: Universal Remote Controls

Llanfair

Would they work with Freeview boxes?

I have an old Panasonic Freeview box and am wondering whether these will be able to control it. The current remote is tiny and is really starting to wear down.

Hubble's 486 back-up springs into life

Llanfair
Happy

That's when I upgraded from 486

Wow! When I just upgraded from an AMD 486 DX3-99 to an AMD K6, NASA decide to install a 486. I did manage to run Windows 95 quite well on the 486. Just had some difficulty with playing high quality mp3 files.

Honda harness to take the strain out of strolling

Llanfair
Joke

The Wrong Trousers

and they have gone all wrong!

Hamster-in-rain emergency prompts 999 call

Llanfair
Alert

Maybe this is why they call 999.

Could the reason why people dial 999 for the police station is that they cannot afford to look for whatever 0845/0870 their local police station number is? If the police station had a normal number then people would not have to call the only number they know, which is 999. I remember they were going to try and pilot a different number that is also easy to remember, but is not for emergencies.

Academics slam Java

Llanfair
IT Angle

when I was a lad...

I remember starting programming by learning Basic on the Amstrad CPC machines. That gave me the fundamentals of programming introducing for loops, while, if statements and so on. When I was at college, they taught Pascal and I loved the language as it was a strongly typed language.

We also learnt Z80 assembler. The way we did that was we were given a problem and we had to make pseudo code in how to solve it. Then we had to convert it to assembler. We had to predict what would happen to all the registers and the stack. We also had I think it was a HP Z80 boards that would input with the built in keyboard. We had to convert the code into the opcodes and enter it in Hexadecimal. The other thing we had to work out was how long it would take. We also had hooked an oscilloscope to watch the pins going up and down when we used the step by step function. I really enjoyed programming from then on because I learnt exactly what my code was doing on the legs of the Z80 microchip (no innuendo intended). Those were the days.

Unfortunately these days, when applying for jobs, they don't care that I used MSDOS or have used assembly language. It has never really helped me to get a job.

Dengue fever threatens continental US

Llanfair
Flame

@ AC with the Doh!

Hence the question. Maybe now they will actually start to deal with treating those diseases. I know people who live in those areas and one person who had Malaria a year ago. That person has been undergoing treatment many times to reduce the effects. If there was a simple cure for it, then people would not need to constantly go to different doctors all the time.

These diseases are nasty diseases and kill millions, yet cancer which does not affect as many has millions of pounds poured into it every year. I am not against treatment for cancer, but there seems to be so many cancer charities, I just wonder how much money is actually being spent on research. I wish some of the money could be spent on researching into diseases that cause death to millions every year like Malaria, Dengue Fever and others. The people it affects are human beings, but they do not have the resources to carry out much research into it.

Llanfair

I do hope they start making vaccines

I hope that now the biomedical industry will seriously start full proper research into making vaccines for Dengue fever, Malaria and other tropical diseases. There has been little progress in dealing with these diseases.

GPS is killing children

Llanfair
Stop

Roads versus dirt tracks

I have a Tomtom one which was bought two years ago and when I use the shortest route for a journey I have noticed that it goes through the smallest roads possible. It is not safe in some country areas like Wales, where it has shown us tiny roads through farm land that are capable of carrying only one vehicle one way.

I do hope the newer ones differentiate between those dirt tracks and roads because I think they should tell you which is which so one will not make the mistake. Stop sign because dirt tracks should be identified.

BBC's iPlayer launches Christmas Day

Llanfair
Thumb Down

DRM runs really slooowwwllly

I have used both 4OD and iPlayer. They run really slowly on my machine despite it being a Celery 1.7 with 786MB RAM. I can play DivX perfectly well and it is inconvenient as it is the only time that I need to switch from Linux to Windows. I was thinking of virtualising Windows, but that is going to REALLY crawl.

Oh and Windows Media Player is rubbish when playing full screen, at least mplayer in Linux switches off the power save when watching full screen.

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